#OTRHoopsReport: OTR Spring Showcase Recap – March 24, 2017
Xavier Jones caught the attention with of several college programs who were in attendance.
Atlanta, Ga. – The first day of spring is already in our rearview mirror. For people around the game of basketball that means preparation for the spring travel season. However, for uncommitted high school seniors it means that is time to make a decision on a college home. The On the Radar Hoops Spring Showcase provided the perfect stage for many regional players to display their skills to close to 40 college coaches. Here are a few names that caught our eye on Sunday afternoon.
Xavier Jones of New Hampstead, Ga., is a forward that provides energy on the glass and in the lane. At 6-6 he is an athlete that is a problem both on the arc and in the lane. He showed the ability to block shots and rebound effectively at the Spring Showcase.
Jalen Cincore of Memphis, TN, is a confident shooter that possesses great size and strength. He has a sweet stroke, quick trigger and deep range. He size and length allow him to shoot over smaller opponents with ease. He also showed that he was capable of putting the ball on the floor and making plays slashing to the basket.
Wing player Jalen Hillary from Central Gwinnett, Ga. is an intriguing prospect. At 6-foot-6 he has the ability to stretch the floor with his sharp shooting from behind the arc and high post. Hillary had several games with (5) plus three pointers.
One of the more notable available seniors is Greg James of Shiloh High School. James has good size and the ability to score from three off the catch and slash to the rim in transition as well as from the wing in the half court. He also loves to attack the rim along the baseline and has the size and strength to finish in traffic.
There are not many players who play as hard as Demarkus Lampley of Columbus, Ga. This 6-foot-2 guard plays hard on both end of the floor, He constantly came up with steals, blocked shots, and rebounded on the defensive end. In the half court, he was unstoppable getting to the basket.
Latrell Tate of Osborne High School has the ability to put up big numbers. He showed that he was capable of scoring at all three levels. At 5-foot-9, this senior guard was effective connecting on jumpers from deep and mid-range.
We like how Tony Pulice of Dawsonville, Ga. provides a steady hand as a ball-handler. Even amongst a chaotic climate, Pulice always seems to be under control. His cool demeanor and high basketball IQ. He changes speeds well when he attacks off the dribble and his craftiness will allow him to negate any speed disadvantages he faces.
We have been impressed with the development of Eric Coleman of Kings Ridge, Ga. over the past four years. Coleman is a slashing forward that has surprising lift around the bucket and the ability to knock down open shots. The 6-6 wing is an effective defender and rebounder with offensive skill set that continues to round out.
Newton, Georgia, was one of the better teams in the Peach State this year. Senior Davin Jones made his mark this season for the Rams which carried over to the Spring Showcase. Jones is a sharp shooter from behind the arc and can also score off slashes to the basket. He’ll visit the University of Mobile at the end of the month.
One of the most talented players at our Spring Showcase was available senior forward Reyhan Cobb. He is a fluid, long athlete that is able to run the wing wide, catch the ball in transition and finish off one foot with the dunk or lay it up with a soft touch off the glass.
Caleb Snyder – St Francis (GA) – 2018
He sprints the outside lane in transition and gets to the rim for uncontested layups. He attacks defenders from the wing and along the baseline where he finished with lay up’s or mid-range jumpers.
Sayvon Traylor – Rockdale (GA) – 2018
Traylor plays with good energy on both ends of the floor. In transition he can get to the rim when he receives a pass while running outside the lane. He can finish at the rim or draw the foul where he likes to slash from the wing or shoot the running floater in the lane.
Miles Long – Mountain View (GA) – 2018
Long is another scoring guard that can flat get it going on the offensive end of the floor. He pushes the ball in transition and if he is not picked up he will be at the rim before some defenders cross half court.
Jack Murrah – Athens Academy (GA) – 2019
This sophomore guard can knock down open threes off the catch or dribble and also has a very dangerous attacking the basket. He has a nice looking stroke and is very confident in his ability to make open shots and pull ups over defenders
Kalik Brooks – Alpharetta (GA) – 2019
He can drive to score or dish and shows the ability to read the defense and make decisions while in attack mode. He has floaters, pull-ups and wide angled lay-ups in his offensive arsenal and is effective in pick and roll situations.
Shun Williams is the owner of On the Radar Hoops, Inc. The On the Radar Hoops Report is picked up by Division I and II colleges and universities across the country. He serves as a member of the Naismith National High School Board of Selectors and the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. He is the director of the On the Radar Hoops Fall/Spring Showcases, On the Radar Hoops Invitational, Elite 32 Session I & II, Power 24, Atlanta Classic and Super 6 Showcase.
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